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Thread: PIP Review Home Assessment in 7 Days

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    PIP Review Home Assessment in 7 Days

    Hi there. Wondering if anyone has any tips or advice. I sent in my PIP review forms just before Christmas, ticked no change to almost all of them bar the fact that I have had an operation in the two years since I started receiving PIP. However, as I pointed out on the form, the operation wasn't to improve my problems (mobility related) but just to stop them getting any worse. As indeed has happened, but the original problems still exist.

    Anyway, as expected, I have been called for a F2F. I just received the ATOS letter today and they have scheduled a home visit for me next Tuesday, a week today. Not exactly much time to prepare for it, seven days notice, plus I never asked for a home visit. I live alone and have no family or friends to be at the appointment with me. While I'm not happy with the seven days notice for a home visit I never asked for (as opposed to going to a centre, I mean) I am thinking it's best to just get it over with. I generally don't get dressed most days, unless I have health appointments, and my home is a complete mess as my health means I can't look after it very well. So, they will get me in pyjamas and see the squalor I live in.

    Anyway, I wondered if anyone had any tips or advice for what to expect with this? My mental health is also pretty poor at present (always is but made worse by PIP reassessments). They have supporting information from my GP, CPN and OT but, I dare say, have decided to completely ignore it as they always do.

    Also, does anyone know why the home assessment and why such short notice? Is this just how ATOS roll? Thanks much to you all.

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    Anyone got any ideas? Really getting rather worried about the very short notice of a home assessment, particularly when they seem to be so difficult to get and I never requested one in the first place. Thanks.

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    Hiya
    I would just be true to yourself if u don’t get dressed or clean up then don’t do it for there benefit
    Let them see the struggles you face on a daily basis
    Answer what you can and if you need s break tell them
    I worried myself silly over my review and I got a higher award
    Lots of luck

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    And home assessments are perfectly normal even without requesting one there standard in my area so please don’t worry x

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    Just let them come and see the way you live. If you are not coping to keep the house as pristine as you wish, do not hide it. The truth can only support your case. Good luck.

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    I rang to see why mine was taking so long to arrange and was told that a slot had appeared for the next day if I wanted it......Went for that and got it done.... (Standard care and higher mobility, first go, so no complaints ).
    I will request a home visit if they ask again, but I got 10 years, so prob be a while yet.

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    Thanks for advice, folks. Like I say, I generally don't get dressed unless there's a (very) rare occasion that I go out. So, they will see the mess I live in and me in my pyjamas. I have nothing to hide and will not be attempting to tidy the place up or spruce myself up. They want to see (despite having being told by health specialists letters) how my health affects me. So they will! I would have liked a bit more notice but just want it over with now.

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    Best of luck voc let us no how it goes x

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    I'm a bit worried now as me and my house are clean and tidy. I do pay people to dust/vacuum do washing etc. & have a friend who keeps the garden tidy in the summer. I do get washed & dressed each day although it takes me forever. Do I need to explain this when I have my PIP home visit? Not that they are getting any further than my front room.

    Teri

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    There's no need to explain this. Ability to do housework and so on isn't considered for PIP. Washing and dressing are considered and you will be asked and given the chance to explain how you cope.

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